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Rock Band bringing Roy Orbison and some KISS to next week's DLC

Posted by: Dan at 4/22/2011 5:50 PM
The folks at Harmonix are bringing two iconic giants from different ends of the music spectrum to meet in the throngs of Rock Band DLC next week. Gene and the boys from Kiss will meet up with The Big O Roy Orbison in what promises to be another output of MS Pts from my account. The DLC features three Roy Orbison classic songs in celebration of what would be his 75th birthday and two Live KISS tracks. Pricing will $1.99/160 MS Pts/200 Wii Pts per song, $0.99/80 MS Pts/100 Wii Pts for the Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade or $5.49/440 MS Pts/550 Wii Pts for the Roy Orbison: 75th Birthday Pack. The full list of songs:
  • Roy Orbison – “Blue Bayou”
  • Roy Orbison – “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)”
  • Roy Orbison – “Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)” X
  • KISS – “Rock and Roll All Nite (Live)” X
  • KISS – “Strutter (Live)”
Tracks marked with “X” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.


A PACK FEATURING POP LEGEND ROY ORBISON PLUS YOUR FAVORITE KISS SINGLES COME TO ROCK BAND 3 NEXT WEEK!

Cambridge, Mass. – April 22, 2011 – Harmonix today announced that a three-pack of songs from Roy Orbison and two songs from KISS will be available beginning April 26 in theRock Band 3 Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.

Rock Band provides the deepest and best selection of artists, songs and albums through the Rock Band music platform, which features more than 800 artists and more than 2,500* tracks via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at www.rockband.com/songs). Rock Band’s gigantic music library dwarfs that of any other rhythm video game on the market. More than 75 million songs have been sold through the Rock Band Music Store since its launch Nov. 20, 2007.

Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system and Wii
We’re adding more Roy Orbison to the Rock Band Music Library next week with a three pack in celebration of the musical legend’s 75th birthday. Orbison is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was named by Rolling Stone as the No. 13 Greatest Singer of All Time. Roy Orbison: 75th Birthday Packwill feature “Blue Bayou”, “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” and “Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)”.

Also in celebration of Orbison’s 75th birthday and monumental career, Monument Records released Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection on April 12. The two CD/one DVD set includes all the A&B sides recorded by Roy Orbison for the groundbreaking Monument label during an electrifying peak from 1959-1966. Restored to pristine mono mixes for the first time since their original 7" vinyl releases, Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection presents The Big O's core classic catalog the way it's meant to sound, plus the first-ever DVD release of Orbison performing nine songs from "The Monument Concert 1965." For more information and to get your copy, please click here.

Beginning next week, fans can play live versions of two of KISS’s greatest hits – “Rock and Roll All Nite (Live)” and “Strutter (Live)”. “Strutter”, from the band’s 1974 debut album, was featured on the Guitar Hero II soundtrack. “Rock and Roll All Nite” was originally released on KISS’s 1975 album, Dressed to Kill. A live version of the song reached No. 12 on the Billboard singles chart and became the first of six of KISS’s Top 20 songs in the 1970s. The band has closed every live concert since 1976 with the song. To find out when you can see KISS perform live, please click here.

As always, songs available as downloadable content for Rock Band 3 feature five-button guitar and bass parts, drums, Pro Drums, and keys, Pro Keys and harmonies, where applicable. Some songs also feature Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrades available for an additional $0.99 upgrade download.

Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation®3 system (April 26):

Roy Orbison – “Blue Bayou”
Roy Orbison – “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)”
Roy Orbison – “Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)” X
KISS – “Rock and Roll All Nite (Live)” X
KISS – “Strutter (Live)”
(All tracks are original master recordings)
(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation®3 system April 27)

These tracks will be available for purchase as “Roy Orbison: 75th Birthday Pack” as well as individual tracks on Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system and Wii. Tracks marked with “X” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

Price:
$1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per song
$2.00USD (200 Wii Points™) per song
$0.99 USD (100 Wii Points/80 Microsoft Points), £0.59 UK, €0.79 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade
$5.49, £2.49 UK, €3.99 EU (440 Microsoft Points, 550 Wii Points) for Roy Orbison: 75th Birthday Pack

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **

*Available on-disc, via download and disc export. Internet connection and export key purchase required. Wii has more than 1,500 song tracks available for purchase on the Rock Band platform on-disc, via song import, and download. Not applicable to Nintendo DS™.